Snowpack Summary - 2012/2013

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Kris Hawryluik, Big White's Ski Patrol Operations Manager, has put together the following snowpack summary for the 2012/2013 ski season.

The winter started not off not with a bang, but a drizzle. We experienced a very wet and rainy November. Very atypical for Big White Ski Resort. But all was saved later in the month when a steady influence of winter storms blanketed the resort with great early season snow. Late November, and all through December was a period of some of the best powder conditions the resort has seen. In my 20 plus years at Big White Ski Resort I do not recall such fine quality of snow. January was a little less than average for snow. February was better with large dumps and periods of nothing between. March was hit and miss. The month started out promising and then the Pineapple hit late in the month followed by fine spring conditions. Now that we are into the end of the season, the conditions are more like what we see in May, big snow events followed by rapid warming.

Overall a recipe for some enjoyable skiing/riding. I feel the vibe throughout the resort also reflects my opinion.

The Hard Facts

Looking at days when we had over 5cms of new snow overnight, at the time of writing this report we had 21% of our operational days as powder days above 5cm. If you consider any snow below 5cms, we had 35% of our operational days with new snow of some form.

The table above is from the River Forecast Centers Snow Pillow Site at Mission Creek. It is snow in water equivalency as of yesterday. You can consider their numbers to represent Big White Ski Resort. Overall we are having a year above average, but comparable to last season as of lately.

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